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2012 J. Davies Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1207618

Price: $99.99

RP 95 WE 94 JS 93
VN 93 WS 93 CG 90
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91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec. 24 months in French oak (70% new). Bottled on August 28th, 2012. The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents its tenth vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is produced from the historic Diamond Mountain vineyards purchased in 1965 and replanted to Bordeaux varietals beginning in 1994. The wine is named in honor of patriarch Jack L. Davies, who, along with his wife, Jamie, revived the Schramsberg property and established the preeminent American sparkling wine house more than four decades ago.

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  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a beautifully balanced Cabernet with excellent tannin and structure. Dark red fruits, integrated tannin and velvety mouthfeel.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Most people probably have never heard of J. Davies and their outstanding wines from their estate on Diamond Mountain but that is not for lack of history or pedigree. The Estate was founded in 1862 by Jacob Schram and planted shortly thereafter. Out of this vineyard sprung Schramsberg the famous, and quite prolific, still wine house of the 19th century. Obviously many years have passed, 153 to be exact, and while Schramsberg is still wildly famous and is now producing some of the best sparkling wine in the United States, if not the world, they wanted to get back to their roots of making great still wines. So in 1994 they replanted the Estate to Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals and in 2004 the first vintage of J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon was released (2001). Since then they have produced a string of wildly delicious, balanced, structural efforts that have for some reason or another remained distinctly under people’s radar. Hopefully that all changes with the 2012 vintage which is a stunning wine full of the complexity, depth and concentration that is rarely seen but often spoke about in Napa wines. Chock full of unsweetened chocolate, cassis liquor and spiced plum on the nose this has tons of sweet tinged aromatics but underneath that lays a savory sous bois and new leather quality that adds complexity and considerable depth. Brightly blue fruited on entry with a texture that is slick, round and approachable this Cabernet comes off as ripe but never jammy or sweet. As the wine floats along the palate it adds flavors of fleshy black fruits, asphalt, red currant, sage and black tea. The tannins melt away slowly in the finish and frame the wine in a harmonious manner.


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